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21 June 2022 - NW2220

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What time frames have been put in place for addressing the findings of the Auditor General with regard to the Small Enterprise Development Agency?

Reply:

The following are time frames to address for each finding:

1. Review of the Performance Information

The new reporting system for Performance Information was procured. It is in the final stages of design and will be available for use from 01 August 2022.

2. Two Irregular expenditures were reported

Lease of office space in the KZN for R182 358 was condoned. The second expenditure of R84 281 was reported to National Treasury and there was additional information required by National Treasury. Management is busy with the National Treasury request and will resubmit to National Treasury, the process is anticipated to be completed by 31 July 2022.

3. Vacancies of Executives

Effective from June 2020, a moratorium was implemented on the recruitment and selection process due to the incorporation process between the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa), and the Co-operative Banks Development Agency (CBDA) that is underway and critical vacant positions were advertised for 12 months fixed term contract. The Executive Managers positions are re-advertised as the most suitable candidates could not be sourced. On 19 May 2022 the Minister uplifted the moratorium on filling of vacancies with immediate effect, but the fixed term contract should not exceed twenty-four (24) months to ensure that there are no duplicate positions post the integration of sefa and CBDA into Seda. All vacant Executive Manager positions were re-advertised on 03 June 2022.

4. Provision for Bonus error on the notes to AFS

Resolved during the audit.

5. Revenue not collected

The amounts totaling to R151 000 was written off in line with internal policies and procedures. Debts older than a year are provided for as bad debts and the process to recover them continues. The finding is resolved.

6. ICT Controls and Cyber attack

The organisation has sourced services of Sizwe IT to implement ICT security solutions in all Seda estate and the monitoring of the estate. An awareness across the whole of Seda staff regarding their roles and responsibilities and security awareness is underway through the ICT Governance project that resumed in July 2021. The finding is resolved.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

21 June 2022 - NW2187

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De Villiers, Mr JN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)(a) What number of law firms are contracted to the Ministry of Small Business Development, (b) for what period are the firms contracted and (c) what amount has been paid to each firm for the services rendered in the 2021-22 financial year; (2) whether the law firms are paid any retainer fees; if not, why not; if so, is there a pre-approved and agreed fee price schedule; (3) whether they are only paid for work conducted; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1)(a) Zero.

(b) Not applicable.

(c) Not applicable.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) Not applicable.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

21 June 2022 - NW2186

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De Villiers, Mr JN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether, in light of the rising fuel prices and the devastating effect it has on small business, she will consider a Petrol Relief Support Scheme Programme for small-, medium- and micro-enterprises that cannot afford the rising cost of petrol; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) by what date will it be implemented and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

The Minister of Small Business Development is aware of the effects of the rising costs of fuel to small enterprises. However, the Minister has not considered further mechanisms to cushion the blow that small enterprises may have felt beyond the government fuel levy relief declared by government. The Minister of Finance announced that the general fuel levy would be temporarily reduced by R1.50 per litre from 6 April 2022 until 31 May 2022. The date of April has since been reviewed to end in August 2022 to provide relief. I believe that the Ministers of Finance and of Mineral Resources and Energy are handling the matter related to fuel relief.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

21 June 2022 - NW1491

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What steps is her department taking to ensure that the Township Economy Partnership Fund set up by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development and the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation, which represents policy certainty and legal continuity to support small, medium and micro enterprises, is legally binding for all provinces in the future?

Reply:

The Department appreciates the initiative taken by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporations for the purposes of setting up the Township Partnership Fund. However, the Department is however not in a position to request other state organs such as the provinces to adopt or implement the Fund since the provinces are operating independently.

The Department continues to engage with Provinces with the aim of ensuring uniformity in support for township and rural areas-based enterprises. The DSBD continues to support SMMEs through its own Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Programme (TREP), which is a Programme with a dedicated budget to assist small enterprises operating in underserved and unserved locations such as townships and rural areas.

To compliment the fund established by the Gauteng provincial government, the DSBD has adopted a Portfolio approach comprising of the DSBD, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) using an integrated approach for the support of SMMEs.

Both Seda and sefa have operational offices together with satellite and mobile facilities in provinces and districts throughout the country. This national footprint allows for ease of access and interaction with relevant public and private sector structures as well as with SMMEs that are located in rural areas.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

02 June 2022 - NW1820

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Siwisa, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What are the reasons that Mme Kate, who owns a tuck shop in Maseru Street, Soweto, was not considered for uplifting her business that has been running for 20 years, whilst the Pick n Pay Group was granted permission to open a supermarket 40 meters away from her tuck shop?

Reply:

The Department of Small Business Development’s agency, Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa), which provides financial assistance could not find any record of an application by a Mme Kate, who owns a Spaza shop in Maseru Street, Soweto. For Mme Kate to be considered for funding, an application for funding needs to be submitted. Mme Kate may also visit the nearest sefa Regional Office for assistance in completing and submitting the funding application. The necessary details, including the funding application form, can be found on www.sefa.org.za

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MIINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

26 May 2022 - NW1673

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)Whether, in light of the President’s announcement of the Red Tape Unit during the State of the Nation Address, she has found that the President still has confidence in her department since it was established in 2014; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether she has found that small, medium and micro enterprise owners in the Republic still have confidence in her department to reduce red tape; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Presidential Red Tape Reduction Team, under the leadership of Mr Sipho Nkosi, is an important red tape reduction initiative and a centralised coordination office, whose task is to rally both the efforts and resources to deal with issues of red tape in government. It is by no means a vote of no confidence on the DSBD by the President and the SMMEs.

The DSBD views this development as a meaningful contribution particularly by the private sector in providing expertise to contribute to coordinating, aligning and unblocking channels to address long standing red tape and administrative challenges, that have plagued businesses and more especially small businesses and Co-operatives, but also large ones with start-ups, micro and informal sector even more vulnerable as participants in the economy.

The Department have engaged on numerous steps to ensuring a productive, goal orientated and positive working relationship with the Red Tape Office in the Presidency. The engagement with the Presidency through the Red Tape Office have decided to identify clear areas of collaboration. The details of all these proposals are being finalised and shall form part of the strategic engagement and focussed coordination channels between the DSBD and Mr Nkosi’s Office.

2. The Department understands that communication is a dynamic process of engagement on the needs of our SMMEs and through the Provincial Roadshows and Provincial Partnerships, the Department has proactively engaged SMMEs and Co-operatives in seven (8) provinces already. These engagements would often take place in rural and far-flung locations with the purpose of meeting, listening to and attending to SMMEs’ and Co-operatives’ needs. The range of inputs received from SMMEs have been constructive, which is evident that SMMEs still have the confidence in the DSBD to reduce red tape. There has been overwhelming attendance and participation in these roadshows.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

26 April 2022 - NW547

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What has he found to be the difference between the spaza support programme run by the Small Enterprise Development Agency and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency, as compared to the spaza programme run by other private provincial organisations that have higher incentives than her department’s programme, which has a low uptake across the Republic?”

Reply:

The Spaza Shop Support Programme as implemented by the Small Business Development Portfolio (the Department of Small Business Development [DSBD], the Small Enterprise Development Agency [Seda] and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency [sefa]) is linked to a broader process of value chain development within the retail space. This includes the concurrent linking up of beneficiaries with wholesalers, bulk buying arrangements done through Spaza Support Associations, access to SMME products at wholesalers by Spaza Shops through localisation efforts of the DSBD and its entities as well as the formalisation and strengthening of the spaza shops by working with municipalities and the banking sector.

The responsibility to implement the Spaza Shop Support Programme lies with the entities, while the DSBD co-designed the Programme with the entities it continues to monitor and review the programme to increase uptake. Anecdotal evidence gathered by the entities responsible for implementing the programme has indicated that the major difference between the DSBD programme and the programmes implemented by provincial departments centers on the following issue:

  • The funding structure employed by the provinces vs that employed by the DSBD: DSBD employs a blended finance model that incorporates an equal split between grant and loan funding whereas the provincial model is entirely grant funding.

Finally, the DSBD has facilitated the participation of relevant public sector and private sector role players in the development of spaza shops by providing access to the tools developed by these role players.

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

26 April 2022 - NW1242

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) number of women-owned businesses have been supported by her department in the three quarters of the 2020-21 financial year and (b) lessons has her department learnt in this regard?

Reply:

a) As per the published audited 2020/21 Annual Report of the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD), the Department supported 1 015 women-owned businesses during 2020/21 financial year.

b) The lessons learnt in this regard is that the DSBD should consider designing support programmes which are targeted specifically for vulnerable groups such as women, youth and people with disabilities as these groups are still operating in the informal or micro level and mostly vulnerable to disasters and externalities. The department will also have to collaborate and partner with other entities within government in the private sector to leverage on existing resources and capacity. According to a study conducted in collaboration with the World Bank, women owned businesses have received between 13,8 % and 34% of government support during the different levels of COVID-19 lockdown.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

26 April 2022 - NW1051

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Mathulelwa, Ms B to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What are the reasons for her failure to attend and account at meetings of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development in terms of her constitutional responsibility as set out in section 92(2) of the Constitution, 1996?

Reply:

The Minister’s inability to attend some meetings of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development is primarily because the scheduled time for this Portfolio Committee is on Wednesdays at 09:30, which clashes with the Cabinet Committee Meetings or Cabinet Meetings which commence on Wednesdays at 08:30 until later in the day. HE President Ramaphosa, has directed that Ministers must prioritise Cabinet work, while at the same time impressed upon the Leader of Government Business in Parliament, HE Deputy President Mabuza to engage Parliament to endeavour to strike a balance between work of Parliament and Cabinet in so far as it relates to Ministers. It has also been resolved that Deputy Ministers need to attend the Portfolio Committee meetings where Ministers are expected to be in Cabinet.

The Minister will endeavour to avail herself to balance her accountability between Cabinet and Parliament as practical as possible.

 

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

12 April 2022 - NW588

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Jacobs, Mr F to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)Given that small-, medium- and micro enterprises (SMMEs) based in Cape Town under a certain intermediary (name furnished) did not provide employment contracts and/or accurate financial supporting documents deviating from Small Enterprise Finance Agency processes, who will hold management accountable for proper facilitation of jobs obtained through SMMEs employment contracts in the Western Cape; (2) whether she has found that the Department of Labour can intervene in the specified case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW656E

Reply:

1. Reporting of jobs created and maintained by a respective financial Intermediary is furnished by the Financial Intermediary through capturing such information on the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) Intermediary portal. The legal agreement between the sefa and the financial Intermediaries requires the financial Intermediaries to have supporting documents to support their developmental information (such as, application forms, FICA documents and signed contractual agreement between SMME and the Financial Intermediary) for verification by sefa and its external auditors.

The information is captured, verified and approved by the respective financial Intermediary before sefa authorises it on the system. It is therefore the Intermediary’s responsibility to ensure that correct and reliable information is shared with sefa

2. sefa has not picked up any inaccurate financial reports nor a claim or complaint of such that could have required intervention. sefa hereby confirms that the said financial Intermediary has repaid the facility in full, both Capital and Interest advanced under the agreement. The last payment received was on 12 October 2020. The relationship between sefa and the financial Intermediary ended when the loan was fully amortised.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

11 April 2022 - NW860

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Faber, Mr WF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What total amount in Rand has been spent on (a) catering, (b) entertainment and (c) accommodation for (i) her, (ii) the Deputy Minister and (iii) officials of her department since 29 May 2019?

Reply:

The total amount in Rand that has been spent on (a) catering, (b) entertainment and (c) accommodation for (i) Minister, (ii) the Deputy Minister and (iii) officials of the department since 29 May 2019 to 16 March 2022 is R12 328 894.17

The breakdown is as follows:

a) Catering

  1. Minister : R9 425.50
  2. Deputy Minister : R2 311.05
  3. Department : R1 091 326.99

Total : R1 103 063.54

b) Entertainment

  1. Minister : R1 339.60
  2. Deputy Minister : R0.00
  3. Department : R0.00

Total : R1 339.60

c) Accommodation

  1. Minister : R536 132.09
  2. Deputy Minister : R489 473.23
  3. Department : R10 198 885.71

Total : R11 224 491.03

11 April 2022 - NW888

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) is the total number of incidents of (i) sexual harassment and (ii) sexual assault that were reported in her department (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2021, (b) number of cases (i) were opened and concluded, (ii) were withdrawn and (iii) remain open or pending based on the incidents and (c) sanctions were meted out against each person who was found guilty?

Reply:

No cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault were reported during the afore-mentioned period.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

11 April 2022 - NW586

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Jacobs, Mr F to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Given that small-, medium- and micro enterprises based in Cape Town under a certain intermediary (name furnished) have not provided municipal statements, proof of address and financial supporting documents, how will her department ensure that disbursements to township-based enterprises are effectively reaching the proposed community businesses?

Reply:

The applications from the SMMEs are funded from the University Technology Fund (UTF) a joint venture between University of Cape Town (UCT) and Stellenbosch University (SU). Although funded through UTF, they are managed by Stocks and Strauss. All the clients that they currently have, are leads from the university and none of them are from the townships. Using the SMMEs CK documents, Stocks and Strauss can pick up the location/address of the clients.

  • Stocks and Strauss collects all the documents submitted when applicants apply for funding including the proof of addresses.
  • A point of noting is that all the SMMEs funded under UTF are graduates or students of either UCT or SU.
  • The criteria are that applicants must be registered or have been with these universities. This means that the University has all the information of the applicants. The Legal agreement stipulates that the identity of the students and applicants be protected.
  • According to the legal agreement between sefa, UTF and other funders, the SMMEs should have an idea of the technology to be funded to qualify for funds.
  • The idea is then conceptualised on paper at the pre-seed funding stage where sefa does not participate but only the SMME.
  • Once the idea is approved for implementation, sefa then starts investing by paying for the legal costs to register the technology and investing in the venture/project. When conducting such exercise all the documents stated above are requested and protected for security reasons in line with the agreement.

The location of ventures/projects of such nature is therefore based on commercial viability and attraction.

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS

MINISTER: SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

22 February 2022 - NW197

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Mabika, Mr M to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(a) What number of supplier invoices currently remain unpaid by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days, (b) what is the in each case and (c) by what date is it envisaged that the outstanding amounts will be settled?

Reply:

(a)(i) Department of Small Business Development (DSBD)

(aa)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 30 days

None.

(bb)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 60 days

None.

(cc)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 90 days

None.

(dd)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 120 days

None.

(b)

Total amount outstanding

R0.00

(c)

Date envisaged to settle outstanding amounts

N/A

(b)(ii) Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda)

(aa)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 30 days

None.

(bb)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 60 days

None.

(cc)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 90 days

None.

(dd)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 120 days

None.

(b)

Total amount outstanding

R0.00

(c)

Date envisaged to settle outstanding amounts

N/A

(b)(ii) Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa)

(aa)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 30 days

1 (One).

(bb)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 60 days

None.

(cc)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 90 days

None.

(dd)

Number of supplier invoices unpaid by 120 days

None.

(b)

Total amount outstanding

R 69 455.40

(c)

Date envisaged to settle outstanding amounts

Payment is expected to be made to the client by the 28 February 2022.

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

22 February 2022 - NW169

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Hinana, Mr N to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether she and/or her department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or in any other format of which the original file is dated June 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was the specified correspondence received, (b) who was the sender of the correspondence and (c) what steps were taken by her department in this regard?

Reply:

a) Neither the Minister of Small Business Development nor the Department of Small Business Development received the correspondence referred to in the question.

b) N/A

c) N/A

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

18 December 2021 - NW2631

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Langa, Mr TM to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) steps have been taken to assist small business owners in the informal sector, particularly the street vendors who play an important role in the economy, in the surrounding areas of eThekwini (details furnished), (b)(i) number of businesses from the specified areas have been assisted by her department thus far and (ii) businesses have been beneficiaries of her department?

Reply:

  1. The Informal and Micro Enterprises Development Programme (IMEDP) is a 100% grant offered to informal and micro enterprises from the minimum grant amount of five hundred rand (R500) up to the maximum of ten thousand rand (R10 000) to assist them in improving their competitiveness and sustainability. The Informal and Micro Enterprises Development Programme was espoused from the National Informal Business Upliftment Strategy (NIBUS) that was developed in 2012 and 2013 to address the development void at the lower base of the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) Development strategy. The NIBUS seeks to uplift informal businesses and render support to local chambers/business associations and municipal Local Economic Development offices to deliver and facilitate access to upliftment programmes. The focus is mainly on designated groups, i.e. women, youth and people with disabilities, in townships and rural areas of South Africa.

(b)(i) During the current financial year, the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has assisted 83 informal business from eThekwini Municipality through the IMDEP programme. These informal businesses were mainly from Kwamashu. These IMEDP interventions assisted informal businesses with tool of trades depending on the business needs e.g, generators, baking ovens, catering equipment etc. The support provided by DSBD has managed to assist small businesses to compete with established business in terms of productivity, employment and to boost confidence to our beneficiaries.

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) assisted with non-financial support and mentorship and post disbursement to measure impact on these businesses. The Department is also work closely with the Province, District, and municipalities to ensure that there is adequate support for small business.

The Department has further developed an informal Trader support programme which is aimed at supporting informal and micro businesses following the July 2021 unrest. In this programme each entrepreneur is provided with R3000 (once off grant) to help informal traders who lost their business after the unrest. This programme is currently ongoing and has received 7 410 applications across the country, with total disbursements made to 3 356 Informal Traders worth R10.07 million.

(b)(ii) The DSBD has assisted various businesses under the Township and rural Entrepreneurship Programme (TREP). TREP is made up of various interventions / schemes:

    • Spaza Shops and General Dealer Support Scheme
    • Clothing, Leather and Textile support Scheme
    • Tshisanyama and Cooked Food Scheme
    • Personal Care Scheme
    • Bakeries and Confectioneries
    • Autobody repairers and mechanics
    • Butcheries Support Programme

Further support has been provided under the Small Enterprise Manufacturing Support Programme (SEMSP), which is being implemented by the DSBD’s agency – Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa).

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

18 December 2021 - NW2782

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

In light of the fact that the Small Enterprise Development Agency wants R221,4 million to be rolled over instead of the R217,5 million underspending, what (a) explanation was given in this regard and (b) was the outcome of the request for unspent funds to be rolled over?

Reply:

The underspending of R218 million resulted from expenditure budget of R990 million against the actual expenditure of R773 million and National Treasury approved the request.

  1. The R218 million was committed at year-end. Seda submitted the motivation to the National Treasury to retain these surplus funds. The explanation provided was based on the calculation that informed the surplus. The formula to calculate the surplus is based on the available cash (on the bank accounts) at year-end together with the amount due to Seda (account receivables), less the amount owed by Seda to suppliers (account payables) and lastly less commitments already made.
  2. The National Treasury approved Seda’s request, an amount of R294 million is available to be added on the expenditure budget of 2021/22.

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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DSBD response to NA2782–NW3300E

18 December 2021 - NW2781

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether, with regard to the number of small-, medium- and micro enterprises (SMMEs) accessing procurement opportunities in government and corporates, and in light of the fact that the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) reports that clients are reluctant to provide information on contracts and procurement opportunities so accessed, Seda has tried to establish why clients are reluctant to provide information on contracts and procurement opportunities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what measures have been put in place for Seda to deal with this challenge?

Reply:

 

Clients associate disclosures of such information with tax information and obligations. They are never comfortable with disclosing information that may create an impression that they make a lot of money. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) has improved the Service-Level Agreements (SLAs) that Seda signs with clients when an intervention is awarded or provide support that Seda will pay for, to make it easier for the practitioners to get information for reporting.

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP
MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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DSBD response to NA2781–NW3299E

14 December 2021 - NW2598

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether her department implemented the Pilot Administration Programme in KwaZulu-Natal; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) will she provide Mr H C C Krüger with a report on the successes of the programme and (c) in which municipalities her department implemented it?”

Reply:

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) started implementing the Pilot Administration Programme (PASP) in KwaZulu-Natal during 2020/21 financial year. The PASP focused on institutionalising the best practises and learnings made in two seminal studies that were conducted. Two seminal projects on Ease of Doing Business in the country were implemented by the Global Indicators Group (Development Economics) of the World Bank Group in collaboration with the National Treasury of the Republic of South Africa, the then Department of Trade and Industry (currently the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition) and the South African Cities Network. The 2015 Ease of Doing Business study conducted in South Africa and the follow-up Ease of Doing Business (EODB) study conducted in 2018.

While Good practices have been found in these two studies, the potential for improvement through the emulation of good practices is limited by factors such as internal coordination between urban metropolitan areas, districts and within the local municipalities. Collaboration among the different levels of government (National, Metropolitan, District and Local Municipal) authorities is hampered by a lack of proper resource allocation.

The key focus of the PASP was to assess the following EODB/Red Tape Reduction (RTR) dimensions:

  1. Improving Municipal Service Delivery: Citizen Service Charters and Complaints Notification Systems (CNS).
  2. Improving Municipal-Business Communication and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).
  3. Improving Municipal Policies, By-laws, and Regulations.
  4. Improving Supply Chain Management Processes.
  5. Speeding up Land Development Processes and Time Frames - Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA).
  6. Speeding up Building Plan Approval Processes and Time Frames.
  7. Better Management of Informal Trading.

In addition to the above mentioned areas of focus, the PASP is aligned with Government’s “One Plan” for one district and metro model and involves all relevant national, provincial and local government officials, including Provincial COGTA and SALGA, in its execution. It is also a multiyear programme that aims at provide critical synergies between us (DSBD) and the Sub National Ease of Doing Business programme of National Treasury, called the City Support Programme (CSP).

The implementation of the Programme is underway, as indicated that it is a multi-year initiative. During the current financial year, the following successes have been registered:

  • Comprehensive Red Tape Reduction Assessments were conducted with each of the three the participating Municipalities. Focus groups were conducted with small businesses in each municipality to “reality test” the information provided by each municipality, in terms of their red tape reduction activities. Compliance with the criteria for good practise as per the Red Tape Reduction Guidelines for Local Government, as well the verification of these efforts was also investigated. Functionality Scores for each of the seven red tape indicators were also computed, indicating the gap between each of the municipality’s red tape reduction efforts and their expected outcomes.
  • Scoping of the problem areas and performance cycles detected by the Red Tape Reduction Assessments were conducted. Action Plans for each of the seven indicators across the three participating municipalities were developed.
  • The Red Tape Reduction Assessment Results and Action Plans were shared with each of the three municipalities. Action Plan Registers were developed for each of the participating municipalities explaining the steps that they could follow to address the red tape problems detected. Municipalities were given the opportunity to report on which of the action plans they can implement given the fact that some of the are framed according to the immediate, short- and medium-term framework for implementation. The results of these engagements are being captured in a “Report on the Development of the proposed interventions based on the key problems identified through the municipal assessments”. This is in process.

During the last quarter of the current financial year (2021/22), the DSBD will be closely monitoring the implementation of the “action plans” by each of the participating municipalities. A “Report on Implementation of interventions and Monitoring of the performance outcomes of the interventions” will be compiled by the end of March 2022. Emerging best practises and lessons learned will be documented to be incorporated into the “One Plan” of a further five municipalities in the next financial year (2022/23) as well as another five of them in the final year of the current Medium Term Strategic Framework cycle (2023/24). This phased approach will allow for the learnings to be extrapolated to municipalities across the country, within the next three years through close collaboration with Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and South African Local Government Association (SALGA), our partners, using the District Development Model’s “One Plan” to embed these lessons into districts, across the country.

One of the successes that the Department is noting is how the programme is helping the participating municipalities realise the inter-connectedness and interdependencies between different components of local municipalities, for instance the coordination required in issue of a simple business license, between the health, fire and safety, and other forms of regulatory approvals involved in the issue of a business license. There are many centers of excellence that have also been detected across the municipalities assessed, but the administrative systems between most of them, lacks seamless administrative systems, which make for unnecessary delays, frustrations and cost burdens that small businesses have to carry. Red Tape Reduction truly does require a “whole of government approach” in order to be embedded into the fabric of good public administration.

The DSBD and Provincial Partners (Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs [EDTEA], COGTA and SALGA) are working in close collaboration with three (3) target municipalities which are committed to implementing red tape reduction measures. The three municipalities are Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality (Ugu District), the City of uMhlathuze Local Municipality (King Cetshwayo District) and Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality (Harry Gwala District).

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

14 December 2021 - NW2484

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1) What measures has her department taken to ensure a fair and equal representation of small businesses at the Intra-African Trade Fair 2021 (IATF 2021) which opened on Monday, 15 November 2021; (2) what measures did her department put in place to ensure that there is equal participation and representation of small businesses in the IATF 2021 from (a) rural areas and (b) townships; (3) in light of the selection criteria used in the selection of small businesses to participate in the IATF 2021, what major trends have been observed for small businesses that were not selected to participate?” NW2904E

Reply:

(1) The multi-sectoral SMMEs who participated at the Intra-African Trade Fair 2021 (IATF) 2021 were taken through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) Export Development Programme which focuses on among others, export information, assessment, support and market access opportunities. A call for applications was made via the Seda branch network located throughout the fifty-four (54) branch offices located throughout the nine (9) provinces of the Republic. It was also extended to the SMMEs that are participating in the DSBD’s localisation programme, provincial investment agencies and other institutions working in the SMME sector.

The identified SMMEs were assessed through a dedicated assessment tool called the Export, Readiness Assessment Tool (ERAT), to determine their export readiness. The SMMEs were then subjected to final adjudication. Qualifying SMMEs included those in the Craft Sector. All nine provinces were represented: Gauteng, Western Cape, Free State, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North-West, Mpumalanga, and Northern Cape.

Further to this, the Department also supported 45 SMMEs from the Craft Sector to exhibit at the Fair. Each province selected 10 enterprises that were presented to the National Craft and Design Body. Five enterprises per province were selected by the National Craft and Design Body on the basis of their products, capacity to deliver, colours and markets trends.

(2) A call for applications was made via the Seda branch network situated throughout the regional offices in all nine provinces and to the SMMEs that are participating in the DSBD portfolio’s Localisation programme, provincial investment agencies and other institutions working in the SME sector. These networks mentioned above include stakeholders such as municipalities that are situated in the rural and township areas.

The provincial hubs and agencies, which are key implementation partners of the DSBD, were requested to initiate a process of identifying craft SMMEs to be selected and screened from the DSBD e-commerce database called PEEK. A call for applications was also made through the Provincial Investment Agencies. This ensured representation from township and rural Craft SMMEs.

(3) Major trends observed were as follows:

3.1 Some SMMEs did not qualify as per the ERAT; and

3.2 The key areas in which the non-qualifying enterprises struggled with were Production and Markets/Marketing.

3.3 In terms of the Craft SMMEs, the following trends were observed:

3.3.1 Inconsistent product quality;

3.3.2 Lack of production capacity; and

3.3.3 Failure to differentiate between consumer and trade markets.

Non-qualifying enterprises are still supported through the Seda export development programme, with a number of interventions designed to improve their export readiness and the ability to therefore participate in market access events in the future.

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

14 December 2021 - NW2783

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) are the details of the progress of the merger of the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) and Cooperative Banks Development Agency (CBDA) into the Small Enterprise Development Agencyand (b) role has her department played in preparations for the merger?

Reply:

(a)&(b) On 4 August 2021 Cabinet approved the incorporation of the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) and Cooperatives Banks Development Agency (CBDA) into the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) to form a new entity that will be responsible for the provision of both financial and non-financial support to small enterprises throughout the entire business development lifecycle, with effect from 01 April 2022.

This will involve the conversion of Seda into a Schedule 2 Public Entity with the Minister of Small Business Development as its Executive Authority. The new entity will have both financial and non-financial small enterprise support functions. Both the conversion of Seda and the definition of the support functions will be done through an amendment of the National Small Enterprise Act. The Capacity Building function and the Central Support Services of the CBDA will also be transferred into the new entity.

Currently the Business Case, that includes the implementation plan with clear milestones and time frames, developed to guide the implementation of the merger is being finalised. Furthermore, we have established a Joint Oversight Forum which is chaired by Minister and comprises the Chairpersons of the three entities and the Executives. In line with the provisions of Section 16B of the National Small Business Amendment Act the Minister has consulted with the Executive Authorities of the designated institutions for incorporation into Seda which are the Minsters of Trade, Industry and Competition, and Finance.

We have also gazetted a notice of intention to incorporate institutions whose objectives and functions are similar into a single Agency (Seda). The process of appointing the Board of Directors, of the new Agency, has been initiated and the advertisement calling for nominations, will be published in a newspaper on 12 December 2021 with a closing date of 24 December 2021. The same advert will be placed on the DSBD, Seda and sefa websites, as well as social media pages.

The Department of Small Business Development has established the following workstreams comprising of sefa, Seda, IDC and CBDA plus organised labour:

  • Policy and Structural Reform: This team will be responsible for developing the enabling policy framework and legislation for the establishment of the Small Business Development Agency and the dissolution of the CBDA, Seda and sefa as separate, stand-alone entities.
  • Organisational Consolidation Team: This team will be responsible for developing and implementing the consolidation of the business and operations of the CBDA, Seda and sefa post-merger into one seamless business enterprise and designing and implementing the post-merger organisational chart.
  • Finance and Information Technology: This team will be responsible for developing and implementing the consolidated Information Technology and Finances of the CBDA, Seda and sefa post-merger.

On the 8th December 2021, the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, which Honourable Mthenjane is a member of, was provided with a detailed briefing on the processes towards the incorporation by DSBD and sefa, led by the Deputy Minister for Small Business Development.

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

14 December 2021 - NW2393

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)       Whether she communicates with small businesses to find ways of boosting their productivity given the devastating effects of Eskom’s power cuts on small businesses; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what (a) are the estimated losses that have been incurred by small businesses because of power cuts in 2021 and (b) intervention strategies has her department put in place to assist small businesses in this regard? NW2766E”

Reply:

(1) – (2) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has a mandate to lead and coordinate an integrated approach to the promotion and development of entrepreneurship, Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) and Co-operatives, and to ensure an enabling legislative and policy environment to support their growth and sustainability. This includes ensuring that the SMMEs and Co-operatives are kept productive, not only during the periods of the unfortunate Eskom’s power cuts, but as a standard support provided by the Department to the SMMEs and Co-operatives.

The ongoing widespread rolling blackouts were not anticipated, however, through messaging and support to SMME’s in this regard, the department seeks to communicate to all SMME’s of the impact of power outages to their businesses and encourage them to employ contingency arrangements and planning in accordance with the ESKOM’s power alerts schedules on outages.

In so doing, SMME’s will experience minimum disruption through proper planning until the electricity crisis is resolved by ESKOM and respective supporting departments.

The department has not done an estimate as it has not engaged in an exercise of assessing the impact of power outages to the SMME’s. Further, power outages not only affect the economic sector alone but South African society as a whole and it is not clear from ESKOM, DPE and DME when these outages will end.

The Department has in earnest started considering green energy interventions, which will assist SMMEs and Co-operatives to stay abreast amidst the power cuts, thereby boosting their productivity and sustainability. A partnership has been formalised in this area of work with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment and progress being made towards the implementation of the planned interventions is reported as part of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.

The DSBD’s agency, sefa, has also prioritised green industries (renewable energy, waste, and recycling management) as one of the sectors that the agency funds for qualifying business ventures.

The Minister for Small Business Development launched the Youth Challenge Fund (YCF) on 18 November 2021, which is a youth start-up programme co-designed by the DSBD and its entities, sefa and Seda to contribute towards resilient, green and inclusive economic recovery. One of the innovative sectors targeted as part of the YCF is the green economy – focusing on funding youth entrepreneurs that are in the business of energy, renewables and recycling.

Despite the constant communication with the SMMEs and Co-operatives, there has not been an indication, to DSBD, of the losses that they have incurred due to the Eskom’s power cuts. However, it is understood that small business owners do from time to time approach the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), as Eskom is DPE’s entity, with an indication of the loss they incurred due to the power cuts; and DPE, working with Eskom, assists those small business where possible. It should be emphasised that DSBD’s support of small businesses is not limited to challenges faced by SMMEs and Co-operatives due to power cuts, which will be addressed through the green energy initiatives outlined above, but it's a holistic support.

 

MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

04 November 2021 - NW2053

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(a) How does the Republic’s unstructured economic framework continue to affect small businesses, especially those run by women and young persons, (b) which specific measures has the Government adopted since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to address the negative effects of the unstructured economic framework, (c) what has been the success rate of the specified measures, (d) which measures have been implemented to enhance the success rate of those measures and (e) what has been done to mitigate the negative implications of the same?”

Reply:

a) As a result of the unstructured economic framework, most SMMEs, especially those owned and run by women, youth and persons with disabilities continue to face economic exclusion. Women’s challenges are further compounded by structural barriers to gender equality and access to productive resources. The high rate of unemployment amongst the young people makes entrepreneurship a practical option to addressing the socio-economic conditions of this targeted group. The coronavirus pandemic had exposed the level of inequality between men and women, youth and persons with disabilities as most of them operate within the informal economy. This has raised an urgent need for the economic empowerment of women and girls and all targeted groups.

In responding to the above reality, the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has committed to deploy several interventions to support sustainable SMMEs and Cooperatives that will contribute meaningfully to the economy over the medium-term. Most of these interventions will prioritise young people, women and persons with disabilities, especially those that are from historically disadvantaged rural and township areas. This is in line with the DSBD strategic decision of mainstreaming the designated groups with a minimum 40% target for women, 30% for youth and 7% for persons with disabilities across all the SBD Portfolio programmes and interventions. To this effect, the DSBD will continue to contribute to Priority 2: Economic Transformation and Job Creation and the related sub-outcomes and interventions.

b) In responding to covid-19 negative effects on the economic, the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) introduced the Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Programme (TREP) that was developed following the approval of the Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund by Cabinet in March 2020. TREP offers both financial and non-financial support and prioritizes supporting small businesses in townships and rural areas to participate meaningfully in the mainstream economy.

(c) Since TREP was introduced in the last financial year, the Department is yet to conduct an impact assessment. However, there has been significant support provided to SMMEs since programme inception. In terms of the financial support,6293 SMMEs were supported to the tune of R141 612 457, with 7674 jobs facilitated. Furthermore, 23 441 companies were assisted with non-financial support.

d) The Department adopted an approach that involved the joint implementation of the programmes together with its entities (the Small Enterprise Development Agency [Seda] and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency [sefa]) and worked as a portfolio wherein the capacity and reach of the entities was utilised for efficiency of delivery.

In addition to this approach, the Department forged meaningful partnerships with banks and other relevant private sector institutions such as the large telecoms companies. This allowed for the use of enabling technology to fast-track the programme and assist with the mainstreaming objectives.

e) The Department increased its cooperation with relevant associations whose members come from SMMEs and other targeted groups at it reached into communities to mitigate the adverse and ravaging impact of Covid on their members within those communities.

These efforts were strengthened by the adoption of the District Development Model approach coupled with the use of tools (an ecosystem development and related support tools were developed) and structures such as District Local Economic Development forums as well as aligning to and working with Provincial Economic Development Departments.

Over 50 officials were deployed from the Department into Districts throughout the country to partner with municipal officials, Seda and sefa for outreach, for the rollout of TREP and for the promotion of other government SMME support programmes.

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

29 October 2021 - NW1943

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Mathulelwa, Ms B to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What is the (a) nature of the relief that her department has extended to small and medium-sized businesses in (i) KwaZulu-Natal and (ii) Gauteng, following the recent unrest in the specified provinces and (b) demographic profile of the businesses that have been assisted?

Reply:

a) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has developed the Business Recovery Support Programme in response to the recent spate of public violence, looting and destruction of property in Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng. The Business Recovery Support Programme focuses on uninsured small enterprises impacted negatively by the unrest, predominantly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces. The Programme caters for small enterprises that require funding for working capital (including stock), equipment (including delivery vehicles) and furniture, as well as fittings.

The programme offers financial support in line with the Blended Finance approach, which is a combination of a grant (60%) and a loan (40%). The interest rate on the loan component is limited to 5%. There is an initial payment moratorium of up to maximum of 12 months for small enterprises in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng; and six (6) months for other Provinces. The repayment period of a maximum of 60 months applies. Maximum funding available per entity is R2 million.

The DSBD also has the Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Programme (TREP), which offers financial and non-financial support to rural and township enterprises. This programme has been in existence before the looting that occurred in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces in July 2021. The aim of the programme is to support SMMEs and co-operatives in order to revitalise and improve the economy. The SMMEs that were affected by the looting may also apply for the TREP support.

Furthermore, the DSBD and its entities (Small Business Development Agency [Seda] and Small Business Finance Agency [sefa]) has the Informal Traders Support Programme that is aimed at supporting informal and micro businesses in the informal sector that were affected by looting. The Programme provides business focused support (financial and non-financial) to informal businesses. The Programme will support 17 667 entrepreneurs at R3 000 each (as a once-off grant).

In addition, and linked to the Programmes outlined above, Seda provides Business Development Support (including pre and post investment support), which includes development of business plans where necessary, financial management training, and other business support related aspects.

b) Applications by businesses that were affected by the looting are currently being processed by sefa. These businesses affected by the looting, based in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng North and South at large, are open to apply for the programmes offered by the Small Business Portfolio (the DSBD, Seda and sefa).

However, the table below outlines the applications received so far at sefa KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Regional Offices that are currently being processed:

REGIONAL OFFICE

KWAZULU-NATAL

GAUTENG SOUTH

GAUTENG NORTH

TOTAL

Total number of applications received

30

10

19

59

Total value of applications received

R30 000 000

R9 700 000

R8 100 000

R47 800 000

Total number of applications being processed 

13

5

3

21

Total value of applications being processed 

R15 500 000

R2 593 000

R1 500 000

R19 593 000

MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

27 October 2021 - NW1924

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August, Mr SN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Who owns the legal right to operate a Braai Café and post National Youth Development Agency business and financial support; (2) what total amount of taxpayers’ money in its entirety was funnelled to the Braai Café business model; (3) whether external service providers were contracted for the implementation period; if so, (a)(i) who are the service providers and (ii) what services were they contracted for, (b) what was the contractual period for services rendered and (c) what were the payment terms linked to the service agreements?”

Reply:

  1. The DSBD is the custodian of the Braai Café in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) as the implementation agency through a Memorandum of Understanding.
  2. The DSBD budgeted funds totalling R8 400, 000.00 through the Cooperatives Incentives Scheme (CIS) to roll out the programme. A total of R1 800 000.00 was advanced to the NYDA. Of the advanced amount, R514 175.90 was spent and R1 285 824.10 was returned to DSBD and paid back to the National Treasury at the end of the 2020/21 Financial year as per Treasury Regulations.
  3. YOU TURN - Consultant services and TABBS Group, as outlined in the budget breakdown below, are the service providers that were contracted by the NYDA. Payment terms were linked to the following key deliverables: project inception, store roll-out, and post implementation support as stipulated in the agreement. The payment services are also outlined in the table below.
     

Date

Amount Paid

Items paid/allocated for:

27/03/2018

R865,000.00

Amount approved by NYDA

20/04/2018

R240,000.00

TABBS GROUP - Technical support

 

R50,000.00

TABBS GROUP - Business Plans

 

R50,000.00

TABBS GROUP - Roll-out Delft store

 

R13,168.31

Rental deposit - Delft

 

R2,698.00

Game/Dion -

 

R355,866.31

Total payments by NYDA

 

 

SBD Investment - equipment

 

 

SBD Investment - consultant services

20/04/2018

R509,133.69

Balance (NYDA approval)

30/04/2018

R8,400,000.00

Funds from DSBD

 

R6,600,000.00

Adjustment of funds from DSBD

 

R1,800,000.00

Balance of funds from DSBD

Nov-19

R13,168.31

Rental refund

Nov-19

R522,302.00

Balance (NYDA approval)

07/11/2019

R345,000.00

YOU TURN - Consultant services

18/03/2020

R7,547.00

Point of sale system

 

R12,000.00

Architect

 

R5,439.04

Uniforms

 

R21,046.80

Health safety and hygiene

 

R391,032.84

Total payments

21/08/2020

R6,184.16

Security

 

R27,645.00

Building improvements

 

R25,673.90

Kitchen utilities

 

R2,737.00

Additional kitchen equipment (grease trap)

 

R17,297.50

Kitchen equipment (Gas) & installation

 

R41,805.50

Scooters

 

R1,800.00

Working capital

 

R123,143.06

Total payments

21/08/2020

R1 285 824.10

Balance from DSBD funds

MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

27 October 2021 - NW1772

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August, Mr SN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)Whether the Braai Café business model (details furnished) was piloted successfully; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what total amount in start-up capital was invested to date for each year that the pilot was implemented, (b) what total number of young person’s directly benefited from the specified initiative, (c) where in the implementation process is the business model to date and (d) was the entire annual budget spent per financial year, since the date of establishment of the project; (2) whether assets were purchased in support of realising the piloting of the project; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the individual assets and where are they located at present, (b) what total number of assets were obtained over the 5-year period, (c) what were the assets to be used for, (d) were any automotive transportation modes acquired and (e) who has oversight and control of the assets and what plan exists to utilise them?” NW1980E

Reply:

1. The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) piloted the Braai Café Programme which was coordinated through a partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). This intervention is a youth-owned, micro-franchising project piloted in Mbekweni, Western Cape in 2019. The purpose and intent of the programme is to roll out a national youth-owned initiative owned through a cooperative business model to create and foster the next generation of entrepreneurs through structured interventions including incubation, coaching and mentorship, funding and after care support. The pilot project has revealed major challenges attributed to various factors impeding implementation as per the project plan.

(a) The DSBD set aside funding total value of R8 400 000.00 through the Cooperatives Incentives Scheme (CIS) to roll out the programme but only R1 800 000.00 was advanced to NYDA to invest in the pilot.

(b) The aim was to open fifteen Youth Cooperative Micro-restaurants, one hundred youth owning their own business through the cooperative’s model. However only one store in Mbekweni was piloted which had five co-operative members.

(c) The programme is currently halted as a review is being undertaken given the complaints received from other members of the cooperative.

(d) Out of a total of R1 800 000.00 that was advanced to the NYDA, R514 175.90 was spent and R1 285 824.10 was returned to DSBD and paid back to the National Treasury at the end of the 2020/21 Financial year as per Treasury Regulations.

2. (a) Assets were purchased in support of realising the pilot project which entail full kitchen equipment and delivery motor bikes.

(b) Assets purchased:

  • Glass door underbar fridge.
  • Anvil Axis Bain Marie- table top - 2 division.
  • Anvil Axis Electric Double Pan Fryer (8kg).
  • Munaaz e-cool  Double Glass Door Beverage Cooler.
  • Munaaz e-cool Single Door Chest Freezer.
  • Munaaz Double Bowl Preparation Sink 1500x650x915h.
  • Overhead Pre Rinse Spray includes mixer taps.
  • Munaaz 500x650x900 h double 10 liter fryer - 18kw floor standing with oil bin.
  • Munaaz 5 burner gas flat top grill table model: specifications weight: 78 kg dimensions: 900x650x300h.
  • Munaaz 2 burner boiling table grade 430 full stainless steel design anti-clog burners 2.5 350X800X 900h.
  • 2000x1100 Munaaz Stainless Steel sloped vent hood complete with removable Cycloflow grease filters and grease catchment drawers.
  • 2 Motor bikes.

(c) The assets were utilised to operationalise the co-operative and have the café fully functional.

(d) Two delivery motor bikes were purchased.

(e) The DSBD is the custodian of the Braai Café in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) as the implementation agency through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2019. The Department plays a critical role in the conceptualisation and designing of dedicated programmes to facilitate youth entrepreneurship. In this regard, the Department has conceptualised and coordinated the Braai Café programme. The Department’s role includes monitoring and evaluating the programme, regularly providing reports on the effectiveness of the programme.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), as the implementor of the project, plays an oversight role and has control over the assets. The NYDA has recently embarked on a site visit and confirmed that all the assets are still in existence. As part of the programme review process, the department is looking at a more sustainable model of delivery where assets will be fully utilised by beneficiaries supported under the programme.

The Department’s remedial action includes the following:

  • A site visit undertaken in April 2021 to ascertain challenges the co-operative is facing in respect of governance, an in-depth analysis of problems and risk factors inherent in the implementation of the project;
  • The status and continued viability of Mbekweni co-operative assessed. Dissatisfaction regarding the governance and conflicts amongst members were identified as major problems attributable to the non-functional business operations;
  • A legal opinion has been sought affording parties availability and applicability of remedies in law; and
  • The Department has embarked on a programme review process in order streamline the delivery model ensuring that the initiative is integrated within the DSBD portfolio programme offering.

MS STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

30 August 2021 - NW1811

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) relief packages did her department provide to small businesses affected by the recent violence that followed the imprisonment of former President, Mr J G Zuma, and (b) is the demographic profile of the specified businesses that benefited from the relief packages?”

Reply:

a) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has developed the Business Recovery Support Programme in response to the recent spate of public violence, looting and destruction of property in Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng. The Business Recovery Support Programme focuses on uninsured small enterprises impacted negatively by the unrest, predominantly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces. The Programme caters for small enterprises that require funding for working capital (including stock), equipment (including delivery vehicles) and furniture, as well as fittings.

The programme offers financial support in line with the Blended Finance approach, which is a combination of a grant (60%) and a loan (40%). The interest rate on the loan component is limited to 5%. There is an initial payment moratorium of up to maximum of 12 months for small enterprises in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng; and six (6) months for other Provinces. The repayment period of a maximum of 60 months applies. Maximum funding available per entity is R2 million.

The DSBD also has the Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Programme (TREP), which offers financial and non-financial support to rural and township enterprises. This programme has been in existence before the looting that occurred in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces in July 2021. The aim of the programme is to support SMMEs and co-operatives in order to revitalise and improve the economy. The SMMEs that were affected by the looting may also apply for the TREP support.

Furthermore, the DSBD and its entities (Small Business Development Agency [Seda] and Small Business Finance Agency [sefa]) has the Informal Traders Support Programme that is aimed at supporting informal and micro businesses in the informal sector that were affected by looting. The Programme provides business focused support (financial and non-financial) to informal businesses. The Programme will support 17 667 entrepreneurs at R3 000 each (as a once-off grant).

In addition, and linked to the Programmes outlined above, Seda provides Business Development Support (including pre and post investment support), which includes development of business plans where necessary, financial management training, and other business support related aspects.

b) Applications by businesses that were affected by the looting are currently being processed by sefa. These businesses affected by the looting, based in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng North and South at large, are open to apply for the programmes offered by the Small Business Portfolio (the DSBD, Seda and sefa).

However, the table below outlines the applications received so far at sefa KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Regional Offices that are currently being processed:

REGIONAL OFFICE

KWAZULU-NATAL

GAUTENG SOUTH

GAUTENG NORTH

TOTAL

Total number of applications received

30

10

19

59

Total value of applications received

R30 000 000

R9 700 000

R8 100 000

R47 800 000

Total number of applications being processed 

13

5

3

21

Total value of applications being processed 

R15 500 000

R2 593 000

R1 500 000

R19 593 000

MS STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS, MP

MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

04 August 2021 - NW1331

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister for Small Business Development

(a) For what period was she informed by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, that she will fulfil the role of Acting Minister in The Presidency and (b) what has been the impact of being the Acting Minister in The Presidency on her efficacy by which she has been fulfilling the role as Minister for Small Business Development? NW1527E

Reply:

(a) As the honourable member might be aware that all Cabinet Ministers serves in their portfolios at the behest of the President.  The acting period remains the prerogative of the President.

(b) I continue to execute and fulfil my responsibilities as Minister for Small Business Development as detailed in my Performance Agreement with the President and both the Strategic and Annual Performance Plans whilst also acting as the Minister in The Presidency.

Thank you

21 June 2021 - NW1193

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether, with reference to the Digital Transformation Index 2020 report compiled by Dell Technologies that the COVID-19 pandemic has seen local organisations accelerate digital transformation in the Republic, and in order to take full advantage of the digital transformation that is underway, her department has a plan in place to supplement an enabling policy framework with swift infrastructure improvements to support small-, medium- and micro-enterprises; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?”

Reply:

Government through the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies is in the process of developing the Digital Economy Master Plan, which will look into the entire digital ecosystem, including the digital core, infrastructure, technologies and services. Government is approaching digitisation in a holistic rather than on a piecemeal approach as suggested in this question. The Department of Small Business Development is part of the Team lead by DCDT on the Digital Economy Master Plan with a definitive focus on its impact on SMMEs and Co-operatives.

Furthermore, enhancing access requires affordable pricing mechanisms based on telecoms policies that reflect wide digital network and sound broad band strategies, specifically reaching remote areas such as townships, rural areas, and villages. Small enterprises based within the afore-mentioned areas may not necessarily have access to same digital environment. In this regard, the DSBD is in collaboration with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) whose mandate is to ensure provision of inclusive communications services. The partnership with the Department of Communications and Digital Technology (DCDT) is positioning the SA Entrepreneurship Ecosystem for the digital change and transformation through the investment in needed infrastructure like broadband fibre connectivity to all support hubs (Incubators, Accelerators, Centres for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator [CFERIs], Township and Digital Hubs) and high end computing and Rapid Prototyping facilities (3D printers, scanners, CNC and Laser cutting equipment) as shared facilities in all our TVET and University based CFERIs and new Digital Hubs.

The Department is also finalising agreements and engaging various stakeholders in the technology sector for the provision of supporting technological services and offerings to innovate and transition SMMEs and Cooperatives into the Digital era.

On the ICT side, Seda supported 13 Tech base Incubators and Accelerators and established 22 youth based CFERIs in underserviced TVETs and Universities in the 2020/21 financial year to the drive that transformation and support to Tech Start-ups to help build local technology solutions to solve both Social and Industry challenges.

The 13 Tech Incubators have recorded the following performance results in 2020/21 FY:

  • 303 Tech Start-ups and SMMEs were supported.
  • R49 284 220.16 in revenue was generated by the start-ups and SMMEs in portfolio.
  • 441 of the total ICT related jobs in 2019/20 FY were sustained.
  • 676 new jobs were created.

As part of our vision for township and rural economies in the digital sector Seda has established four (4) township based hubs in Mabopane in Tshwane, Kraaifontein in the Western Cape, Mogwase in the North West, and Thembalethu in the George. The new hubs will focus on building start-ups in the Gaming, Animation, E-Sports, Coding and Data Science, 3-D Printing, Hard and Software development, robotics, and Electronics. The hubs have taken in their first start-up cohorts in the fourth quarter of the 2020/21 financial year.

These hubs will be supported by the 6 new Digital Hubs that are positioned to lead SA charge in the 4IR space. The new Digital Hubs will endeavour to create start-up and digital business that can compete in local, regional and international markets while remaining locally relevant. The hubs will render support to young Grassroots innovators and start-ups providing needed shared infrastructure, industry collaborations, Enterprise supplier linkage, access to funding at pre-seed, seed and series A and B funding, private sector investor linkage. Also, the hubs will build firm level teams, revenue or paths to revenue, high touch mentoring and coaching aimed at building strong leadership, disruptive, scalable and smart business models poised for Rapid growth in sectors like EdTech, Fintech, E-commerce, HealthTech, Water, Energy and Agri.

Seda is focusing its efforts and have also approved four (4) new University based CFERIs:

  • University of Johannesburg, Soweto - will focus on building young tech start-ups in Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain
  • Nelson Mandela Bay University - will focus on start-ups in new technologies in water, oceans economy and Electronic Vehicles and Battery technologies.
  • University of Venda - focusing on new Hardware, software, IOT and AgriTech start-ups.
  • Rhodes University – start-ups in the Creative Industry.

The new CFERIs will be fully established before the end of the current financial year (2021/22).

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

21 June 2021 - NW1544

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) engagements has she had with small businesses in Cape Town townships in order to understand the full impact of the growing practice of gangs demanding protection fees from small businesses and (b) has she found is the full impact of the specified practice on small businesses?”

Reply:

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD), through the District Development Model initiative, has held a series of discussion sessions across the Western Cape District Municipalities, engaging SMMEs and Co-operatives on various matters that have an impact on their businesses and also focusing on the interventions that the Department has to offer the small businesses with the view of assisting them financially and non-financially. The Deputy Minister of Small Business Development led some of these engagements, particularly in Cape Town.

The growing practice of gangs demanding protection fee, not only from small businesses but from businesses in general is a serious matter that Government as a whole is acutely aware of and is attending to it with the seriousness it deserves. The DSBD, through the Government Cluster system has supported for the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster to look into developing a holistic strategy to address this phenomenon; and this is a process that is currently underway. This process will assist in determining the full impact of this specified practice on South African businesses, especially small businesses.

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

21 June 2021 - NW1186

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Nxumalo, Mr MN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether she has found that her department’s Debt Relief Finance Scheme for small, medium and micro-enterprise affected by the COVID-19 pandemic was executed transparently and effectively; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the details of the measures that her department put in place to promote fairness?”

Reply:

The Department of Small Business Development has designed and implemented the SMMEs Debt Relief Facility to assist small business that were impacted negatively by Covid-19 pandemic. This main aim of this intervention was to protect the investment already made in the businesses involved, save jobs and prevent business closure.

To ensure that the Facility is executed efficiently and in a transparent manner, numerous control measures were put in place. These measures include heightening awareness about the Facility by publishing information, including the funding criteria on the websites of the Department and its agencies, Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa); and issuing of press releases. Furthermore, the information on all funded beneficiaries was published on the DSBD website for the consumption of the members of the public.

The SMMEs Debt Relief Facility was also subjected to an audit process. The audit performed by the independent auditors (Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo) awarded the Facility an unqualified audit opinion. In light of the above, the Department can provide a reasonable assurance that the principle of transparency and fairness were upheld in rolling out the SMMEs Debt Relief Facility.

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

17 June 2021 - NW1418

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Wilson, Ms ER to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her funded/contributed to the supply and/or installation of the production line for the manufacture of protective masks at a certain factory (name and details furnished); if so, (a) to what value and (b) on what date; (2) whether her department has awarded any tenders for the supply of (a) masks or (b) shoes to the specified factory; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (i) what is the (aa) value, (bb) extent and (cc) number of each tender and (ii) on what date was each tender awarded?” NW1615E

Reply:

(1)(a)&(b) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD), nor its agencies – the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agencies (sefa), have not funded /contributed to the supply and/or installation of the production line for the manufacture of protective masks from the Dick Whittington Shoe Factory in Pietermaritzburg.

(2) The Department has not awarded any tender to any factory for the supply of masks. The masks procured in March 2020 were procured through a quotation process.

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

17 June 2021 - NW1511

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether her department has (a) made and/or (b) implemented any plans to assist small-, medium- and micro-enterprises to avert the cybersecurity risks they might be vulnerable to in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of cybercrimes; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details?”

Reply:

The Department is well sensitised to the potential threats and risks posed to small enterprises. It is however important to note that the use of technology by small enterprises cannot be directly managed by the Department as this is an individual entity’s responsibility. Where the Department’s accountability lies is within the technology it exposes to small enterprises through its online platforms; and within this area, the Department has increased its own security measures and performs regular monitoring on potential breaches. Regular updates to the public via social media is maintained to inform of any risks or scams related to the Department.

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

17 June 2021 - NW1485

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)Whether her department has concluded any work exchange and/or employment agreements with any entity of the Republic of Cuba from the 2010-11 financial year up to the 2020-21 financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) total number of Cuban nationals (i) have been employed in each of the specified financial years and/or (ii) are due to be employed in the 2021-23 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework period, (b) are the details of the work that each of the specified Cuban nationals was and/or will be employed to perform, (c) are the details of the specific skills sets that each of the specified Cuban nationals possessed and/or will possess that South African nationals did or will not possess and (d) are the details of the total cost of employing each of the specified Cuban nationals in each case; (2) whether her department took any steps to ensure that the specific skills set of the specified Cuban nationals were and/or will not be available in the Republic amongst South African citizens; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the (a) steps taken and (b) outcomes of the steps taken in this regard? NW1691E

Reply:

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) did not have any work exchange programme with the Republic of Cuba and has not employed any Cuban Nationals. There are no plans in the pipeline in this regard.

  1. Not applicable.
  2. Not applicable.

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

17 June 2021 - NW1332

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether she has formally submitted the final justification and draft legislation regarding the merger of the Small Enterprise Finance Agency and the Small Enterprise Development Agency into a single entity to the Minister of Public Service and Administration and the Minister of Finance for consultation and inputs; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The business case has been submitted to the relevant Ministers for inputs. The Department is currently taking the draft business case through government structures to get Cabinet endorsement on the preferred option first before finalisation of the business case which will then be followed by the drafting of the relevant legislation.

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

04 May 2021 - NW617

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Mathulelwa, Ms B to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether her department considers the taxi industry as part of small businesses that need government assistance; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps has she taken to make it easy for aspirant taxi business owners to enter and grow in that form of business?”

Reply:

The taxi industry is part of the small business sector. The industry is not only critical as a provider of transport but it also enables other small businesses throughout its value chain, for example informal traders, motor mechanics, panel beaters, auto spares and fitment centres. In 2019, the Minister interacted with the leadership of SANTACO on mechanisms to support the industry and the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) also supported the Department of Transport towards the Taxi Indaba.

Given the mandate and programmes of the Department of Transport, the DSBD can only play a supporting role to those programmes agreed at the Taxi Indaba to avoid duplication of efforts by government. However, the DSBD is implementing programmes to support businesses in the taxi industry value chain to be geared to support a modernised taxi industry such as the Motor mechanics, panel beaters, auto spares and fitment centres.

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

04 May 2021 - NW1007

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)With regard to the letter from the Banking Association of South Africa dated 10 October 2020 (details furnished), what (a) total number of small-, medium-, and micro-enterprises have been successfully assisted (i) with payment breaks on credit agreements and (ii) under the loan guarantee scheme since 27 September 2020 and (b) are the relevant details of the total assistance provided; (2) what (a) total number of requests by small-, medium-, and micro-enterprises for payment breaks on credit agreements have been denied since 27 September 2020 and (b) are the relevant details of the total assistance denied; (3) what (a) total number of requests by small-, medium-, and micro-enterprises for assistance under the loan guarantee scheme have been denied since 27 September 2020 and (b) are the relevant details of the total assistance denied; (4) what measures has her department put in place to ensure that more small-, medium-, and micro enterprises receive appropriate and sufficient financial assistance?

Reply:

(1)– (4): The Department of Small Business Development does not have the information requested as the scheme is jointly managed by National Treasury and the South African Reserve Bank. We will therefore request that this question be redirected to National Treasury.

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

04 May 2021 - NW1004

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De Villiers, Mr JN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)In light of confirmation on Wednesday, 10 March 2021, by the Director-General of the Department of Public Service and Administration of endemic post vacancies within various government departments, (a) what (i) total number of posts in her department are currently vacant and not occupied and (ii) are the relevant details of each specified post and (b) for how long has each post been vacant; (2) (a) what total number of vacant posts in her department are occupied on an acting basis and (b) for how long has each specified post been vacant?” NW1172E

Reply:

1(a)(i) As on 25 March 2021, the department had 24 vacancies.

(ii) Relevant details of vacant posts and vacant since:

  1. Details
  1. Duration

No

Post Job Title Description

Post Salary Level

Recruitment Status

Vacant since

 

1.

Director-General

16

Pending decision from Cabinet

2018-10-01

2 Years,5 Months

2.

Deputy Director-General: Enterprise Competitiveness Support

15

Advertisement Process

2018-08-01

2 Years, 7 Months

3.

Deputy Director-General: Integrated Cooperatives Development

15

Delayed – Pending Structure Consultation

2017-04-01

3 Years, 11 Months

4.

Chief Director: Blended Finance

14

To be re-Advertised

2018-09-20

2 Years,5 Months

5.

Media Liaison Officer

13

Pending decision from Minister

2021-02-05

1 Month

6.

Director: Blended Finance

13

Screening and reference checks

2020-04-01

11 Months

7.

MR6 Legal Administration Officer Senior

12

Candidate declined offer - Alternative recruitment methods proposed:

Head-hunting

2020-12-01

3 Months

8.

Deputy Director: Blended Finance

11

Screening and reference checks

2019-11-01

1 Year,4 Months

9.

Deputy Director: Supplier Development

11

Competency assessment, screening and reference checks

2020-11-01

4 Months

10.

Assistant Director: Entrepreneurship Prog Development and Design

9

To be advertised

2021-01-01

2 Months

11.

Assistant Administrative Secretary

9

To be advertised

2019-0-701

1 Year, 8 Months

12.

Executive Assistant

9

Delayed – Pending consultation with MPSA

2016-11-01

4 Years, 4 Months

13.

Assistant Director: Human Resource Administration

9

Delayed – Pending consultation with MPSA

2019-06-01

1 Year, 9 Months

14.

Assistant Director: Enterprise and Supplier Development

9

Screening and reference checks

2019-03-01

2 Years

15.

Assistant Director: Local Economic Development and Informal Business

9

To be advertised

2021-03-25

1 day

16.

Business Development Officer

8

Advertised

2020-09-01

6 Months

17.

Business Development Officer

8

Advertised

2019-07--12

1 Year, 7 Months

18.

Enterprise & Supplier Development Officer

8

Screening and reference checks

2019-10-01

1 Year, 5 Months

19.

Logistics Officer

7

Screening and reference checks

2020-02-01

1 Year, 1 Month

20.

Human Resources Practitioner

7

Offer Made – Candidate will assume duty on 25 March

2019-01-01

2 Years, 2 Months

21.

Senior Personnel Officer

6

Screening and reference checks

2020-01-01

1 Year, 2 Months

22.

Administrator

6

Screening and reference checks

2019-10-01

1 Year, 5 Months

23.

Administrator

6

Screening and reference checks

2019-10-01

1 Year, 5 Months

24.

Domestic Worker

3

To assume duty 29 March

2021-02-23

23 Days

2.(a) Three (3) employees have been appointed in acting positions as follows:

(a) Details

(b) Time

No

Post Job Title Description

Post Salary Level

Recruitment Status

Vacant Since

Acting Period

 

1.

Director-General

16

Pending decision from Cabinet

2018-10-01

2018-10-01

2 Years, 5 Months

2.

Deputy Director-General: Enterprise Competitiveness Support

15

Advertisement Process

2018-08-01

2018-08-01

2 Years, 7 Months

3.

Director: Blended Finance

13

Screening and reference checks

2020-04-01

2020-04-01

11 Months

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Response Recommended By:

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

04 May 2021 - NW684

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?”

Reply:

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) currently leases accommodation from the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (the dtic). All security services are provided by the dtic and the landlord, therefore the Department does not make use of such services directly and also does not have party to appointment of such.

The following is information relating to security firms utilised by the agencies reporting the DSBD:

Agency

  1. Name of firm
  1. Purpose
  1. Value
  1. Duration

(All are active contracts)

Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda)

Fidelity Guarding Security Services

Guarding and Security Services

R1 139 061.00

1 year contract, where after, if needed it will continue on a month-to-month basis for a maximum period of 12 months

 

Kerberg Services (PTY) LTD

Maintenance on existing system

R 430 836.00

1 year

Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa)

Bamogale Enterprise (Pty) Ltd

Security Service

R 1 686 217.68

2 years

 

Bamogale Enterprise (Pty) Ltd

Security Service

R 153 146.88

1 year

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

04 May 2021 - NW642

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

1) Following her statements in September 2019, that the Government intends to regulate the participation of foreign nationals in some sectors of the economy, (a) what total number of small businesses are owned by foreign nationals and (b) is she confident that they comply with all South African laws and regulations; (2) what (a) progress has been made since her pronouncements in September 2019 that legislation will be piloted to protect locals in sectors such as the small business space and (b) are the envisaged time frames for such plans to be implemented?” NW760E

Reply:

(1)(a) The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for the admissions of persons in the Republic and granting business visas for foreign migrants.

  1. Majority of the municipalities do not maintain database of businesses who are permit holders. Since the President re-assigned the administration of the Businesses Act to the Department of Small Business Development, the Department is working to support municipalities to establish the traceable database. These databases will be compared to the Home Affairs database.

(2)(a) In December 2019, the President has transferred the administration of the Businesses Act, no. 71 of 1991, from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition to the Minister for Small Business Development. The Department has started the process of amending this Act to also include provisions of how municipalities should regulate the issuing of business licenses and permits to non-South African citizens.

(b) The Department has included in its 2021/2022 legislative programme, the amendment of the Businesses Act no.71 of 1991. The processing of the amendments by Parliament will depend on the parliamentary programme of the Portfolio and Select Committees.

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

28 April 2021 - NW521

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De Villiers, Mr JN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether any staff member in her department (a) performed work in addition to the responsibilities related to his or her work, outside normal working hours, in the past five financial years and (b) has been performing such work during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, how is it determined whether such work is being performed or not; if so, in each case, (i) what number of staff members and (ii) in what job or work categories are the specified staff members employed; (2) whether approval for such work was obtained in each case; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the policy of her department in this regard, (b) by whom are such applications considered and approved, (c) what number of contraventions of this policy were brought to the attention of the National Treasury in the past five financial years and (d) what steps have been taken against the transgressors?”

Reply:

1(a) Yes, 12 staff members applied to performed remunerative work outside public service in the past five years and they were all granted permission.

1(b)(i) – (ii) The 12 staff members that were granted permission, between 1 April 2014 to date, to perform remunerative work outside the Public Service, guided by the Public Service prescripts and Departmental Policy directives, were or are employed in these work categories within DSBD: Co-operatives, BBSDP, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Financial Management and Office of the Director-General.

(2)(a) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has an approved Ethics Management Policy and Remunerative Work Outside Public Service (RWOPS) Policy as guided by the Public Service Regulation 2016 and the circulars from the DPSA, guiding the management of the RWOPS. The RWOPS Policy allows the applicant to perform work after office hours and not more than 40 hours per month. The Policy further indicates that applicants are not allowed to use the state resources, including the time of the department, to perform their remunerative work.

(b) The appointed Ethics Officer is responsible for processing the applications and approval is granted by the Director-General.

(c) Zero.

(d) Not applicable.

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

20 April 2021 - NW21

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) total amount of the budgeted COVID-19 relief fund for small businesses has been distributed to date and (b) is the racial profile of the businesses to which the specified funds were distributed?”

Reply:

a) Disbursements under the SMME Debt Relief Fund amounted to R316.2 million to 1 151 SMMEs of the R513 million that was set aside. It must be noted that no additional claims from approved beneficiaries were received against the Scheme when the economy moved to lockdown level 3.

b) The racial profile of the businesses is outlined as follows:

Race

Number

%

Asian

3

0.26

Black

696

60.47

Coloured

67

5.82

Indian

98

8.51

White

287

24.93

Total

1 151

100.00

20 April 2021 - NW77

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether her department has taken steps to ensure that small, medium and micro enterprises that form part of the constituencies of municipalities are included in the procurement model of the cities to open up enough space for small business to participate in line with supply chain management processes of each city; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?”

Reply:

The procurement of goods and services in municipalities is governed by the Municipal Finance Management Act, the Supply Chaim Management Regulations of the National Treasury as revised and the applicable Practice Notes as issued National Treasury. The MFMA, SCM Regulations and the various Practice Notes prescribe procurement requirements from SMMEs and Co-operatives of each municipality.

To augment the legislated mandates, the Department of Small Business Development consults and lobbies the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) on various policy and SMME support instruments it develops for adoption and implementation in municipalities. A recent example is that of when the Department was developing the SMME-Focused Localization Framework in 2020, it held consultations and mobilized for adoption by municipalities for implementation. The Localisation Framework identifies over 1000 products and services that must be procured from SMMEs and Cooperatives. To date, SALGA continues to create a platform for the Department to create awareness of the Localisation Framework amongst the municipalities to consider SMMEs and Co-operatives produced goods or services when issuing out tenders to bidders. To demonstrate success of this mainstreaming work, the City of Tshwane continues to consult with the Department in their process of developing its own localisation policy and reviewing its supply chain management policies.

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15 December 2020 - NW3034

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What is the current total Rand value of her department’s backlog for paying service providers within 30 days in compliance with the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999?

Reply:

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) does not have a backlog of service providers’ invoices that prevents the Department from paying within 30 days as per Section 38 (1)(f) of the Public Finance Management Act.

Also, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) has no backlog. At the end of November 2020 did not have any creditors not paid within 30 days.

The total value of the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) invoices backlog by end of November 2020 amounted to R57 435.60. This amount relates to two service providers as follows:

Name of Service Provider

Invoice Number

Invoice Date

Amount

Comments

Sisanda Property Valuers

SE01/P005

28/09/2020

R9 453.00

Sisanda Property Valuers was appointed to assist with valuation services. The service provider invoiced sefa under a different company name: Liquidation Station (Pty) Ltd, which is not aligned with their original proposal. The email enquiry was sent to Sisanda Property Valuers to clarify the matter as they did not declare this information on the quotation. In their response Sisanda indicated that they secured a joint venture agreement with Liquidation Station (Pty) Ltd. sefa Supply Chain Management requested Sisanda Property Valuers to submit the JV documents/board resolution as proof to substantiate their claim. Multiple follow-up emails were sent to Sisanda Property Valuers and to date they have not responded.

Refinitiv UK Limited

98014597

30/10/2020

R47 982.60

A Purchase Order (PO) was issued to Refinitiv UK Limited, the service provider then raised an additional subscription invoice that exceeds the approved original PO amount. A submission for the additional invoice has been approved by the relevant business unit and the additional invoice will be settled by 18 December 2020.

Total

   

R57 435.60

 

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MR LINDOKUHLE MKHUMANE

ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL: DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE RECOMMENDED BY:

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MS ROSEMARY CAPA, MP

DEPUTY MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

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RESPONSE APPROVED BY:

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MS KHUMBUDZO NTSHAVHENI, MP

MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

DATE:

15 December 2020 - NW3097

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

With reference to the (a) letter, dated 31 July 2020, and (b) list of unpaid invoices sent to her by Mr H C C Krüger, what are the reasons that she has not yet responded to the specified letter?

Reply:

It is not normal practice for the Minister to ignore correspondence from stakeholders of the Department; and in particular from members of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development. The Honourable Member can be assured that the matters raised in the letter are a subject that the Minister prioritises and feels strongly about. The Honourable Member can be further assured that the Minister has raised these concerns with the Minister of Finance. However, as previously indicated in a reply to a written parliamentary question on this matter, the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, which is situated within National Treasury, is entrusted with this responsibility and therefore the letter is requested to be re-directed to the Ministry of Finance.

Further to this, the letter was sent directly to the Minister’s inbox at a time when the Minister was in the midst of working on the department’s response to the impact of COVID-19 on small, medium and micro enterprises and co-operatives in South Africa. This, together with her numerous other commitments, does mean at times the Minister may not be able to immediately respond to the huge amount of correspondence sent directly to the Minister’s inbox, without copying the supporting officials. For this exact reason, there are a number of officials that are assigned to assist the Minister to timeously attend to correspondence and the office of the Honourable Member is requested to copy the officials in correspondence with the Minister as they were not copied the letter that was sent to the Minister in July 2020. The officials are:

09 November 2020 - NW2565

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Kruger, Mr HC to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What are the reasons of her non-attendance of each meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development (a) in the past financial year and (b) since 1 April 2020?”

Reply:

Whenever the Minister for Small Business Development is not able to attend a Portfolio Committee meeting, there is always an apology that is tabled which provides a reason for the Minister’s absence from that particular meeting. The Secretariat of the Portfolio Committee can provide the Honourable member with copies of the Minister’s apologies for each meeting the Minister was not able to attend.

28 September 2020 - NW2044

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)What number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have received government-guaranteed loans since the declaration of a state of national disaster; (2) whether her department provided inputs to the National Treasury on the planning and design of the Loan Guarantee Scheme for SMEs in order to ensure that the interest and unique needs and/or circumstances of (a) SMEs and (b) sole proprietors were substantively taken into account; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?NW2606E

Reply:

1. The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is not responsible for the National Credit Guarantee Scheme as it is being implemented by National Treasury with the Reserve bank through the Commercial Banks.

2. The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) was not requested to provide inputs in the development of the Loan Guarantee Scheme. However, since it became apparent that the National Credit Guarantee Scheme is not succeeding to fund mainly black owned small businesses that are continuously being rejected despite the relaxation of the funding criterion, the Department together with the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa), have tabled a proposal to National Treasury to accommodate Khula Credit Guarantee (sefa subsidiary) to participate in the National Credit Guarantee Scheme in address the apparent market failure. The proposal is awaiting the decision of the Minister of Finance.

28 September 2020 - NW1485

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)With reference to the total number of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) relief funding applications that her department has received to date, what total number of the specified applications (a) were received from (i) early childhood development centres and (ii) partial care facilities, (b) in each case qualified for SMME relief funding and (c) were rejected in each case; (2) what were the reasons for each rejected application in each case; (3) what total (a) number of the qualifying applicants in each case have been paid out, (b) amount in Rand has been paid out to qualifying applicants in each case and (c) amount in Rand still needs to be paid out to qualifying applicants in each case?NW1856E

Reply:

(1)(a)(i) The total number of applications received from early childhood development centres is 11 (eleven)

(1)(a)(Ii) The total number of applications received from partial care facilities is 0 (zero).

(1)(b)&(c) and (3)(a)-(c):

 

No

Name of Centres /

Facility

(1)(b) Qualified for SMME relief funding

(Yes/No)

1(c) Rejected for SMME relief funding

(2) Reason for rejection.

(3)(a) total amount paid to qualifying applicants

3(b) Amount still to be processed

Early Childhood Development Centre

1.

Pretoria West Early Childhood Development Centre

Yes

No

n/a

-

R228,000

 

2.

Ambulante (Pty) Ltd

Yes

No

n/a

R228,360

-

 

3.

JHJ Training CC

Yes

No

n/a

-

R156,694

 

4.

Canaan Consultants CC

Yes

No

n/a

R324,361

R170,768

 

5.

Truand Trading CC

Yes

No

n/a

-

R292,404

 

6.

Richys Training Centre & Technology (Pty) Ltd

Yes

No

n/a

R13,959

R13,959

 

7.

Pita Pan Events Cc T/A EarthkidzCreche

Yes

No

n/a

R63,997

R299,330

 

8.

Little Splash (Pty) LtdLtd

Yes

No

n/a

R18,500

R37,000

 

9.

Learn Play And Grow Kuruman Montessori Tree

Yes

No

n/a

R385,382

-

 

10.

Lauem Investments (Pty) Ltd

Yes

No

n/a

114,444

R329,200

 

11.

JSLH School (Pty) Ltd

Yes

   

R481,474

-

Partial Care Centre

1.

None

         

2. There were 0 (zero) rejections in this category.

3.In order to ensure that funds are utilised for their intended purposes, disbursements are based on the clients’ monthly expenses and are paid out monthly. All remaining amounts will be disbursed by the end of July 2020 as the relief scheme comes to an end.

The table link below provides the provincial spread of approvals and disbursed amounts to date in this category:

https://pmg.org.za/files/RNW1485TABLE.pdf

28 September 2020 - NW1811

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

In light of the suspension of the Township Enterprise Fund, what plans does her department have to redress the spatial inequality faced by township businesses as township entrepreneurs struggle with poor infrastructure, access to formal supply chains, lack of networks and access to information?

Reply:

Before the declaration of National State of Disaster, Cabinet approved the Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Programme (TREP) on the 4th of March 2020 as a programme to support township and rural entrepreneurship. After the National Treasury reprioritised the national budget to fund the priorities that directly assisted the country to respond and mitigate against the impact of Covid-19 pandemic both on health and livelihoods of South Africans, the Department like most others was required to reprioritised its revised allocation in line with priorities focus areas. The Department in its priority interventions included the TREP as a priority programme that is funded through the adjusted Budget. The following interventions under TREP were implemented jointly with the agencies (Seda and sefa):

  • Autobody Repairers and Mechanics Support Scheme;
  • Bakeries and Confectioneries Business Support Scheme;
  • Clothing, Textile and Leather Business Support Scheme;
  • Personal care (Hairdressers) support programme; and
  • Butcheries support programme

In addition, the department also implemented the Informal Business Support programmes that prioritised businesses located in townships and rural areas, such as:

  • Spaza Shops and General Dealer Support Programme;
  • Tshisanyama and cooked food support programme;
  • Fruits and Vegetable Hawkers and Butcheries Support Programme.

Therefore, the suspension of the Township Entrepreneurship Fund has not suspended the Department’s support to township and rural based businesses in a form of a dedicated programme.

28 September 2020 - NW1973

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Ngwenya, Ms DB to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) is the role of her department in ensuring that the interests of women, youth and persons with disabilities are advocated for in the small business sector, (b) has been the contribution of her department in the development of the National Gender-based Violence and Femicide Strategic Plan 2020-2030 with regard to small business development and (c) are the strategies of her department in implementing economic power in respect of women acquiring land ownership?

Reply:

a) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has not only advocated for the interest of women, youth and persons with disabilities in economic participation but has set specific targets to actively support businesses owned by women, youth and persons with disabilities included across its agencies.

The Department and its agencies (SEDA and sefa) have the following targets that are applicable for both financial and non-financial support across its implemented programmes:

Minimum of 40% of small-businesses supported must be women-owned and managed;

Minimum of 30% of small-businesses supported must be youth-owned and managed; and

Minimum of 6% of small-businesses supported must be owned and managed by persons with disabilities

In its reporting, the Department and its agencies report on progress that has been made in achieving these targets.

b) The DSBD actively participated and contributed to the development of the National Gender-based Violence and FemicideStrategicPlan (GBVF-NP) 2020-2030 especially Pillar 5, which deals with economic empowerment and the specific targets as indicated in (a) above are factored in the Plan as part of the department’s contribution.

c) The Department has no mandate to fund land acquisition, however the department and its agencies support small-scale agribusinesses in the areas of enterprise development, access to market support, and business infrastructure including equipment support (specific to agro-processing).